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Wienermobile arrives in West Michigan

Wienermobile arrives in West Michigan

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is making its way through West Michigan this week.

Anggie Dogg and Kevin Bacon Bits will offer tours of the Wienermobile May 16 at the Family Fare on West State Street in Hastings.  The Wienermobile will also be available for public tours May 17 at the Family Fare on Kalamazoo Avenue SE in Kentwood, and May 19 at the Family Fare on Health Drive SW in Wyoming.  The pair will also be handing out collectible Wiener Whistles.

The  Wienermobile has been doing cross country tours since 1988.  The first Wienermobile made its debut in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1936.

Joggers attacked by 'angry birds'

Joggers attacked by 'angry birds'

WYOMING - Joggers along Wilson Ave. between 52nd and 56th Street need to be on the lookout for red winged blackbirds.

I saw a jogger on Saturday getting dive-bombed by an angry bird on Saturday, and then both my wife and I have been dive-bombed on jogs on Monday night.

The birds are apparently guarding nests in the reeds near the water tank, north of the strip mall on the corner of 56th and Wilson.

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George and his Backyard Critters - Meet Baldy

Part 2 – Meet “Baldy”

I think one of the most beautiful birds is the male Northern Cardinal.  Red is my favorite color, which is one reason why I can’t take my eyes off of cardinals.  They also have those beautiful crests on top of their heads.  Cardinals don’t migrate and keep their color all year round because they don’t molt into a dull plumage like the Gold Finch.  This means the cardinals are still breathtaking in my snowy backyard all winter long.  Don’t get me wrong, the females are also very pretty, but the males are stunning.

The other thing about male cardinals is they all look alike.   The color of their feathers is the same.  They all have the black masks around the eyes.  They all have those distinctive crests.

Then one day my husband and I saw “Baldy”.  He was unlike any cardinal we had ever seen.   My husband first spotted him in early April.  There was something seriously wrong w